Startup Weekend Poznań Smart City

    Friday, June 12 - 14, 2015

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Startup Weekend Poznań Smart City

Friday, June 12 - 14, 2015

Friday, June 12 - 14, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Stary Browar
Słodowania + 2,
Półwiejska Str. 19
Poznań, Poland

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54 hours for changing city with us!

The next edition of Poznań Startup Weekend: Smart City, is on 12th – 14th June! We want to encourage you to look at the city through the prism of new technologies, their potential and the city's inhabitants.

Why Smart City? Nowadays, cities around the world are growing very quickly, but the changes don‘t take into account the needs of residents. Every day, people discover new technologies and our event, which is a good occasion to create and develop ideas that change our city-life.

During the event, mentors are going to help you develop business ideas connected with, among others: Internet of Things, smart transportation, ecology, government, payment solutions and much, much more.

* All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

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Friday June 12th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Welcome & rules
Let's talko about the agenda for the weekend and learn about speakers, coaches, and community leaders.

6:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:00 pm
Dinner, networking & forming teams
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:00 pm
Begin work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work till 10pm.

10:00 pm
Finished for the day
See you on Saturday!

Saturday June 13th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:30 pm

6:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

9:30 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday June 14th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

1:30 pm

3:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

7:30 pm
Wrap-Up & goodbye!

Event Judges

Marek Kapturkiewicz
Co-founder, Investor & Partner at Innovation Nest

Co-founder, investor & partner at Innovation Nest (seed/VC fund) & co-founder of SPIN (entrepreneurship school). Previously i.a. long-term executive board member, COO and senior vice president of the (the largest horizontal portal in Poland and one of the biggest in Europe) and director of Promotion and Product Development Department in Tymbark SA (important FMCG company in Poland); Having rich experience in internet, marketing, media, technology and investment; engineer - constructor with long experience (electronics, IT) at the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technology in Cracow.

Marc Wesselink
Managing Partner @Startupbootcamp

Serial Entrepreneur, started 12 companies in FMCG, Home Electronics, Healthcare, E-Commerce, HR and Finance, failed 4 times. Because of this, he has an in depth knowledge on many fields which can help entrepreneurs to maintain a 360 degree view on their business. He is a motivator, business coach, critical optimist. With his skills and experience, he is currently in charge of selecting Startups for the Accelerator programs in Amsterdam and helping the 72 alumni from Startupbootcamp Amsterdam with the execution of their business. In that capacity he sees over 1.000 startups a year and trying to help if possible. Currently trying to set up the biggest Europe Based Startup Seed Investment Fund.

Dagmara Nickel
CEO @ YouNick, CEO @ Nickel Development

Entrepreneur, investor and innovator. CEO of Poland's first private technology park YouNick (formerly Nickel Technology Park Poznań) and of Nickel Development – real-estate development company. Member of the Investment Committee and the Supervisory Board of SpeedUp Venture Capital Group. Co-founder and member of the Supervisory Boards of several technology-related start-up companies.

The intention of Dagmara Nickel is to create Europe's leading place for the development of innovative businesses. YouNick technology park, managed by her, combines business with science by supporting the development of new technologies and innovations. With the help of EU funds, it allows for commercialising innovative ideas mainly in Life Science and ICT industries. The effect of the above is 20 portfolio companies, nearly 60 companies using the infrastructure of the park and more than 600 employees working at its premises.

Arkadiusz Piechocki
Managing Partner

A graduate of Poznan University of Economics and Akademia Strategicznego Przywództwa (Strategic Leadership Academy) within the Harvard Business School. He began his adventure with marketing communication in 1995. Starting with a two years stay at the ATL Agency, followed by a period of managing the marketing department in an important FMCG concern. In 1997 he immersed himself more deeply with direct communication, co-creating the success of the BTL Group. During 2002 – 2008 he co-created and managed the DATA SOLUTIONS Company. In 2009 he took the post of the TEQUILA\Poland Managing Partner. At the beginning of 2010 he finally left the marketing communication market and became a Marketing Partner of the SpeedUp Group.

Michał Andrzej Olszewski
Vice-president of Warsaw

Coaches and Mentors

Adam Jesionkiewicz
CEO, Founder at Ifinity

Designer, visionary and entrepreneur focused on internet communication technologies. Obsessively interested how new technologies affects human relations and expands our perspectives as a civilization. Being CEO of Ifinity ( he develops and implements beacons’ based solutions which adds digital layer within reality. As a big fan of astrophotography, he has built his own observatory to photograph the cosmos.

Tomasz Kopacz
Senior Architect Evangelist, Microsoft

Tomasz Kopacz is working with IT architects and developers and discuss with them, how to build a good applications and how to choose among many software artifacts to in order to address a specific problem. Expert in cloud computing and .NET Enterprise programming. Helping also in team & project organization (correct tools, methodology etc.). Deals also with "technology and the user" in a software project, with strong focus on UI organization and correct communication with backend services. Frequent speaker on many conferences – from architectural to highly technical topics. Judge in ImagineCup contest (since second edition of this competition). Graduated from Warsaw University of Technology (FTiMS). Currently, he is working for Microsoft, as Principal Technical Architect (Evangelist). Prior to joining Microsoft Tomasz Kopacz, as an independent consultant, conducted a number of projects based on different technologies.

Magdalena Wysocka
Industry Manager - Startups, Baltic Region at Google

Googler for 7 years, fascinated with online apparel shopping and digital progress. Magda is responsible for Baltic portfolio of clients within Google and Startup project. She is deeply moved by how technology can remove borders and make unbelievable things happen. Great fan of tennis and Rafael Nadal.

Sebastian Grabowski
Research & Development Center Director, Orange Poland

Sebastian Grabowski graduated from Electronics and Telecommunication Department at the Koszalin University of Technology, from the Management Department at the Warsaw University and also from Psychology Department at the Warsaw University of Social Sciences and Humanity. In his research he focuses on the “Open Data” issue, interactions between the users of telecommunication networks and Internet, as well as on “open government” issues. For 14 years he works in telecommunication industry, currently he serves as Director of the Research and Development Centre in Orange Poland. He is the cofounder of Middleware 2.0 Community – a programme for developers, scientists, technology providers, IT companies and telecommunication- Internet companies –   Founder  of BIHAPI programme – nationwide initiative dedicated to  supporters of Open Data & Open API  - Currently Sebastian is also engaged in numerous  interdisciplinary Social Innovation projects based on new technologies and Open Data  (for instance: “Apps for Warsaw” - the largest open competition  for  creators of apps based on municipal Open Data).

Jakub Wesołowski
Project Manager at Yanosik (Neptis S.A.)

Jakub is not a computer scientist. He is an aviation manager by education and a automotive services professional. Previously he worked for the companies such as Raben Group, Starter or Inter Cars. He has worked in Neptis S.A. for nearly 2 years. Jakub is in charge of the strategy and development of Yanosik mobile application – the solution already exploited even by 1.2 million unique users monthly. The main area of his activity in Neptis is the commercialization of selected features of the application and cooperation with the strategic business partners.

Patryk Górniak
Digital Manager at FIBARO (Fibar Group S.A.)

He has eight years of experience in marketing strategies - for the last few years  mainly in the field of digital and online marketing. He currently works as a Digital Manager at FIBAR Group S. A. (brand FIBARO), at which he pursues a strategy of online activities in more than 20 markets worldwide. He also has an experience in the field of Public Relations, CSR and events custom actions .
Until now, he worked with advertising agencies in Szczecin, Warsaw, Berlin, Paris, London, Hamburg and Dubai.  

He’s extremely passionate about working with individuals and small companies to grow their ideas into successful

Piotr Pietrzak
CTO @ IBM Poland

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of IBM Poland and the Baltics countries. A technological enthusiast and evangelist that is associated with the IT industry for 17 years now. He specializes in businesses transformation and optimization projects. He is a member of the 32-person Innovation Network group, a body within the IBM structure that deals with developing innovative solutions. He is also responsible for working with the VC / PE investment funds through the IBM Global Entrepreneur program. Author of numerous publications that deal with IT. He is a person that likes to break stereotypes and promote innovation. An enthusiast of fast motorcycles, open minds and standards.

Marcin Sienkowski
Brand Manager at

Marcin is a kind of marketing “jack of all trades” with experience in brand managment, TV campaigns, radio commercials, OOH, BTL, events, online display and social media. Over 11 years experience in marketing. For 7 years in Allegro Group.  Currently working as the Brand manager of OLX Poland (former After hours he's a big fan of motorcycles and rock music.

Artur Chłodny
Lawyer & Founder @ Wielkopolska Grupa Prawnicza

Arthur Chołody - an entrepreneur by profession and passion. Since 2004 he created several companies operating on different markets. President of the Foundation for the Developement of Science and Entrepreneurship (Fundacji Rozwoju Nauki i Przedsiębiorczości), which gained  more than 250 million of EU funding for Polish entrepreneurs and farmers. Legal counsellor, founder at Wielkopolska Grupa Prawnicza which specializes in public procurement. Graduated from MBA, psychology of management and non-governmental organization's management. In his spare time he's a historian, numismatist and a fan of strategy games.

Tomasz Woźniak
Co-owner and CEO of Future Mind

CEO of Future Mind – a company with more than 40 implementations of mobile applications. Since 2009 Future Mind has been developing projects for the iOS and Android platforms. The company’s portfolio includes official versions of and, one of most popular entertainment applications in Poland. With Next is Great, Future Mind shipped worldwide know apps like Bloxy, Love to Count or Geek Chess Academy.

Luka Sučić
Business Development and investment Manager at Hub:raum

Luka is a Business Development and investment Manager at Hub:raum. Before this, he was an innovation specialist and a product manager in Croatian Telekom linking new business opportunities with corporation. Before his corporate ventures he was building his own startups and bussinesses in various spaces. He is a master pitcher, storyteller and a product builder so you can expect mentoring in those areas

Stefanie Koch
Senior Project & Product Manager, Design Professional at Lock8

I'm a project and product manager shaping hardware products and overseeing their production. I started my career as user interface and user experience designer. Worked as freelancer and consultant for startups, and as research associate and lecturer at several universities in the field of human computer interaction, information design and design theory. I've founded the Electronics and Textile Institute Berlin and I'm passionate about hardware, the growing maker scene and the possibilities to enhance our physical, tangible world with software.
Currently I'm working with Lock8 ( to bring the first connected bike lock into the market and disrupt bicycle sharing.

Jakub Weber
Senior Manager - Innovation Consulting / Digital Transformation Central Europe at Deloitte

For more than 15 years at the edge of the digital change, from the beginning of internet advertising, through new value added services for telecoms, to partnerships of corporate companies, but above all corporations and startups.

Currently focused on developing consulting services at Deloitte Digital Central Europe, helping clients to move from business models based on low cost to the ones based on the new, innovative products, 
able to conquer the global market. Using open innovation and startups among others.

Fan of company development via Ten Types of Innovation by Doblin (

Marta Ogórkiewicz
Marketing Relationship Manager at Medicover

Marketing Relationship Manager, Medicover sp. z o.o. Marketer, strategist and perfect interpreter of the target group’s needs. Passionate with capturing complexity of the online & offline customer experience. Co-creation of the products is a robust part of her daily bread. Massive digital & TV campaigns are more than familiar to her. Marta was Brand Group Manager in Allegro, she was in charge of brand performance in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Russia. She also was counselling video game industry, media and now she is bonded with healthcare category in digital loyalty area.

Jonas Pauly

Jonas Pauly is an expert and point of contact for startups that to realize their product ideas. He has a degree in Business Psychology and has a masters degree from the ESCP Europe in business. Mr. Pauly combines his business background with his passion to meet new people and projects. Thus he has built up a network of founders and hardware enthusiasts, established a hardware accelerator in Europe and supported startups with the help of various partners. He is enthusiastic about hardware and is always happy to connect people with the resources they need.

Piotr Jachimczyk
Chief Information Officer @ Aviva Poland

Piotr is an IT executive with over 15+ years of experience in insurance and telco sector. As an IT development director and chief architect was responsible for concept, design and delivery of enterprise scale solutions in the field of sales and operations support, ERP, insurance policy admin and claims and risk. Worked also on technology platforms. Such as portals and ESB for largest Polish companies - PZU, Orange and BRE Bank. Graduated Warsaw University of Technology Faculty of Mathematics and Information Science and Jagiellonian University Institute of Audiovisual Arts. 
Will help you with testing your business model and also advise on back-end systems capabilities and architecture.Will help you with testing your business model and also advise on back-end systems capabilities and architecture.

Marcin Zabielski
Partner at Hedgehog Fund

Marcin has 20 years of professional experience. His up-to-date work experience aimed at getting broad management experience in diverse market sectors incl.: Internet, Telecoms, Banking, Insurance, FMCG, Transportation and Pharmaceuticals. The active engagements for his clients required professional knowledge of the strategic management, restructuring, lean management, cost cutting as well as typical business development, start-up management and early-stage investing. As the entrepreneur he was developing online auctions in Poland, Hungary, Czech Rep. and Greece. Marcin was also involved as Business Development Director of Grupa Pracuj – the leader of online recruitment in Poland and Ukraine. His assignments there concerned holistic approach to: strategy creation, execution of new projects and revenue streams. Currently he is Managing Partner in Hedgehog Fund – early stage investment fund. Marcin has the Master Degree in Management and Marketing of the University of Economics in Wrocław. He is Certified Member of Management and Supervisory Boards also holding the Diploma of European School of Leaders.

Marcin Jan Fejfer
Investment Manager

Marcin is responsible for scouting and analysis of promising startups, as well as for investment process management and startups mentoring. He has profound understanding of internet marketing, product development and innovation management. Before joining Speed Up Venture Capital Group he has been working in various internet marketing and technology companies in Poland, Portugal, Denmark and in India. Marcin was coorganizer of Startup Weekend Poznan, Startup Sprints and Startup Pirates Poznan. He is graduate of MSc. Global Innovation Management - double diploma programme of University of Strathclyde in Scotland and Aalborg University in Denmark. He also earned BSc. degree at Poznan University of Economics.

Jan Mazurczak
CEO at Poznan Tourism Organisation

Marcin Borecki
CEO @ / Microsoft Regional Director

Five years worked as a software architect in leading projects for insurance companies from all over the world. All left behind him for the passion to create innovation.Co-Founder of startups: PlaceChallenge and AnimiBox.Regional Director in Microsoft. Specialization Cloud Computing and Architecture Optimization.Running consulting company

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Software Engineer at Ve Interactive

Software Engineer at Ve Interactive and Chelsea FC lover who joined Startup Weekend because he loves to enable creative people to chase their dreams.

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